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Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

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Publisher Comments:

China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China's Pearl River Delta.

As she tracks their lives, Chang paints a never-before-seen picture of migrant life—a world where nearly everyone is under thirty; where you can lose your boyfriend and your friends with the loss of a mobile phone; and where a few computer or English lessons can catapult you into a completely different social class. Chang takes us inside a sneaker factory so large that it has its own hospital, movie theater, and fire department; to posh karaoke bars that are fronts for prostitution; to makeshift English classes where students shave their heads in monklike devotion and sit day after day in front of machines watching English words flash by; and back to a farming village for the Chinese New Year, revealing the poverty and idleness of rural life that drive young girls to leave home in the first place. Throughout this riveting portrait, Chang also interweaves the story of her own family's migrations, within China and to the West, providing historical and personal frames of reference for her investigation.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America's shores remade our own country a century ago.

Synopsis:

An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

About the Author

Susan Ericksen is an actor and a voice-over artist. She has recorded over sixty audiobooks for such authors as Nora Roberts. Alice Hoffman. Nadine Gordimer, Stuart Woods, and Charlotte Bronte. As an actor and director, Susan has worked in theaters throughout the country.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400140459
Author:
Chang, Leslie T.
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Read by:
Ericksen, Susan
Read:
Ericksen, Susan
Author:
Ericks
Author:
en, Susan
Author:
Chang, Leslie
Author:
Leslie T.
Author:
Leslie T. Chang
Author:
Chang
Author:
Ericksen, Susan
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Library - Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.4 x 6.7 x 0.9 in 0.8 lb
Media Run Time:
810

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor

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